So crocheting didn’t happen this week and I mean NOT AT ALL! Though, I did go buy more yarn and have an idea for yet another project. Don’t we always? This is definitely going to put me behind a little more with my CAL and I’ll need to make it up eventually I suppose. Or not? Nowhere in the “rules” does it state that I have to be on the same schedule as everyone else, right?
So what have I been doing instead?
Well the last day of school is right around the corner and finals are in full swing. While I’m not in school, the two kids that still live at home are. Sabrina is a sophomore in college in the pre-med program, and that’s why she still lives at home! I guess if the word medical is added to something, you automatically get to bump up the price, lol.
In order for her to afford books, tuition, and fees, I volunteered to cover the basics until she’s really ready to go off on her own. She handles her car, insurance, gas, phone, spending money, and any food that no one else will eat, but I take care of everything else. Basically, if she’s not home for dinner, she’s on her own. But back to finals. While she’s been studying, I’ve been trying to help her out. She forgets something, I bring it to her. If she’s getting really stressed, I meet her for lunch. She needs a study partner to run through flash cards with, I’m there.
Sabrina is also a member of the Zeta Tau Alpha fraternity. I didn’t know women had fraternities until she joined. I still can’t tell you the difference between a sorority and a fraternity, but it has something to do with grade point average and charitable events. They had their annual White Violet formal recently and we went through a whirlwind of dress shopping. She goes to school full-time, has two part-time jobs, and holds office with ZTA so her schedule is always tight. We hit six stores, trying on every dress she liked, in two hours. Three days before the event! Luckily, we did find the perfect dress at beyond the perfect price.
Zakkary is ALL boy!
Then there’s Zakkary, he’s in 7th grade and covering the Georgia Milestone testing. Every US state has their own mandated testing throughout the school year. FCAT for Florida and CAT for California, at least when I lived there, they’ve probably changed the names since but it’s still all the same. We’ve been studying every night instead of watching tv and crocheting.
I’ve also recently agreed to let him try motocross and he was supposed to have his first practice today. With studying and needing to be in bed at a decent time, the 6:30 to 8:30 practice was skipped. He’ll start with the next one on Friday. I’m highly nervous about it, but I don’t ever want to hold the kids back from something they might love and have a passion for. So we’re giving it go, now that I’ve checked our insurance coverage, lol.
During the days while they’re both at school, I tackle housework (since I work 40 hour weekends). This week, I’ve been doing more than just tackling it, I’ve been deep cleaning and tossing unneeded items! I have a six month rule. If it hasn’t been used in six months, it’s gone. Craft items are exempt, of course! The kids things are also sort of exempt, Sabrina’s on her own as she’s in her 20s. Zakk and I go through his room every year before Christmas and then I usually go in sometime in the summer. However, the past few years, I haven’t been holding onto that rule. A lot of it has to do with family members passing on and leaving us things. It’s so hard to throw out things you don’t use, but that were given to you by family that are no longer with you.
Today I let go though. The salt and pepper shakers that like to come apart all the time, I put them in the garbage. That was one of the harder items. They had belonged to my husband’s grandparents, the old wood ones with the crank at the top for grinding. But the cranks were always falling off. And the old stained, mustard colored Tupperware bowls. Another pass down from his grandparents. They literally sit in my cabinet collecting dust. I’m running out of room for dishes we do use! And do coffee cups just multiply on their own? I think ours have been breeding like rabbits! Fourteen of them went into the Goodwill box today. We do still have enough dinner and dessert plates to feed at least 20 though. Half are everyday Corningware, the other half silver-rimmed china for special occasions. I’m hanging on to both.
It All Has A Point…
This is all in preparation for the kitchen remodel. I actually bought paint today too! I wanted color, but nothing that would really stand out. I’ve revealed my new pot holders in my chosen color palette, so it had to go with those. We also have blonde cabinets with dark-colored countertops. I picked out both a few years ago and I still love them, so I don’t want those to change. So all of those existing items led me to choose Blue Light by Glidden. I hate the name, I keep thinking “Blue Light Special” but I figure I never have to say this is my blue light special kitchen, so I’m over it.
I also picked up brackets for the shelves I’ve already stained to match the cabinets. So it’s starting! I’m hoping to paint sometime in the next few days, but I’m honestly not sure it’s going to happen that fast. Even if it does, it’s just a preliminary paint job. I won’t be painting behind cabinets or the refrigerator yet (maybe). The fridge, that may get pulled out again even though I cleaned under it last week. It was making noises and I decided maybe it was time to clean the condenser coil. It wasn’t too bad, but the floor needed a good sweeping and mopping!
Currently, my top cabinets do not match my bottom ones. When we bought and installed the bottoms, I wasn’t quite sure yet what I wanted to do on top. I’m still not 100% sure, but I’m entertaining the idea of building them myself so that I can really customize them. Pre-fab just seem to waste so much room. We don’t store anything really tall in ours, so there’s a ton of wasted space where I could add an additional shelf. So we’ll see. I’m dead set on building a custom island, so it just depends on how well that works out and my motivation level. I’m giving myself full room to chicken out and buy the matching top cabinets!
So that’s where all my crocheting time has gone to.
Unfortunately, there will not be before pictures of my kitchen. We picked up the house really cheap as it needed a ton of work. I’m too embarrassed by the fact that I’ve dealt with it mostly as is for this long. It’s really, really horrible. There’s a non-functioning stereo built INTO the wall next to my sink. The overhead speaker has just been a hole for the last three years! Crap, there’s another item I forgot to add to the remodel list. Patch the ceiling, guess I’m painting that now too!
Keep creating. I know I will.